Monday, July 04, 2005

California Fights to Build A Border

The Bear Flag state has finally had enough & decided to put a fence along its border with Mexico. Of course the usual suspects are opposing it, but there is a new player in this tragicomedy: the environmentalists. Just as PETA puts the welfare of animals before that of humans, Peter Douglas, who is the executive director of the California Coastal Commission, places the welfare of the Smuggler's Gulch (wonder how it got it's name?) section of the Tijuana River Estuary before that of American Homo sapiens.

Mr. Douglas is fighting to prevent the Border Patrol from extending the barrier. Currently, there is a gap in the wall, just a few miles south of the biggest naval base in the country, as this area is federally protected land. In order to complete the barrier, Congress must approve this action. The main proponent in Congress for this project is a San Diego Republican, Rep. Duncan Hunter. He points as evidence to the experience of San Diego, where its 1997 border has reduced the illegal traffic to the area exponentially.

His opponent, Democrat, Bob Fliner claims that the $50 million it would take to secure the border along California could be better spent elsewhere. He called the claims that the opinion that international terrorists use the Mexican border to access the United States is a "specious argument”.

Rep. Filner said: "I have never been told that somebody suspected of terrorism has been arrested along that border."

Me thinks there is much too much empty space in Mr. Fliner's head.

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Lamar Alexander Questions Open Borders

And not a moment too soon. From time to time politicians display, however ephemerally, flashes of intelligence. Here is an article by Rep. Alexander Lamar. He makes the case for why open borders are bad for every American.

Guest worker programs may sound compassionate or necessary, but the more you look, the more you see problems. No guest worker program should be passed until these questions are answered:

1. Many illegal aliens enter the United States to work. But there is little enforcement of laws that prohibit employers from hiring them. Not a single employer was fined last year for doing so. If current laws are not enforced, how can we expect similar restrictions in a guest worker program to be enforced?

2. If foreign workers are allowed to bring their families with them and stay for years, why would they return home where a job, if they can find one, pays one-tenth as much?

3. Amnesty occurs when a person's crime is pardoned. Why isn't it amnesty when illegal entrants, instead of being deported for breaking our immigration laws, are allowed to stay? And why isn't it "amnesty plus" when they are also allowed to work and offered permanent residence and eventual citizenship?

4. Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap foreign labor displaces American workers, including legal immigrants, or depresses their wages. Rather than legalize illegal entrants, why not increase wages and make these jobs more attractive to American workers?

5. Why wouldn't a guest worker program be an open invitation to potential terrorists? They could enter the country legally, get a job and use the program as cover.

6. Guest workers do not earn enough to pay income taxes. And, if they pay Social Security taxes, at their low wages they will get back more than they paid in. They also use many government services. So how is a guest worker program not a net loss for American taxpayers?

7. If illegal entrants are legalized, and then sponsor others for admission, why won't this cause a
dramatic increase in immigration, which is already at a record high?

8. Even if there is a guest worker program, millions of illegal entrants will continue to come across our borders to obtain government benefits, seek other jobs and gain automatic citizenship for their children born in the United States. On top of this, thousands more will enter illegally because they think they will be eligible for a guest worker amnesty program. So why doesn't the very prospect of such a program increase illegal immigration?

9. A guest worker program involves processing millions of applications, enforcing many more laws and regulations and monitoring thousands of employers. Doesn't this simply create another huge and expensive bureaucracy?

10. There are more than 10 million illegal entrants living in the United States full time, perhaps twice that many counting those who are in the country temporarily. Do we really want to take a chance on a massive guest worker program with no cap on the numbers and no sunset without learning the consequences? What impact would such a program have on American workers, wages, social services, health-care costs, schools, taxpayers, and politics?

Guest worker programs sound good, but they only compound the already serious troubles that illegal immigration causes. We should hesitate before we leap.

Indeed, Rep. Lamar's questions attack the core of the immigration myths that the liberals ascribe to. Illegal immigrants are not a solution; they are a problem. Our government's first allegiance should be to American citizens, we are the people who pay the taxes & vote, this is our country, and our politicians should see us as their people.

Attending to the interests of your family first is not evil or selfish, if fact, it is the right thing to do. Your family should be your priority, as they are your main responsibility, to ignore them is not compassionate. To place the interests of American citizens before that of the citizens of other countries is no different.



HAT TIP: Our Way of Life

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Aid To North Korea

America is to donate 250,000 metric tons of food to North Korea, up from 100,000 tons last year. This is in spite of the fact that North Korea is a rouge state. Why does AI not remember these things when it throws vitriolic accusations at us?

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The Forth of July

This carefree holiday, which celebrates all that we hold dear with it's long weekend, filled with barbecues, trips & fireworks should also be an occasion to remember the price that must be paid for it. Gaining our independence was not without a price, nor is keeping it. Here is an article from Stars & Stripes about some of the heroes of the Iraq War, read the Profiles in Courage section too.

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